September 29, 2005 · Posted in: In the News

New U.P. law dean denies blog report

NEWLY appointed U.P. College of Law Dean Salvador Carlota denies ever issuing an instruction to law professors with the U.P. Law Center not to attend this morning’s Senate hearing investigating the NorthRail contract.

"It’s not true. I did not issue such an instruction," Carlota said in a phone interview.

Carlota also denied that he was intending to appoint lawyer Susan Villanueva as Law Center director. He said Villanueva, who is a professorial lecturer at the College and partner at the Villaraza and Angcangco Law Offices, is not even interested in the position.

Carlota will be taking his oath on October 1 to officially begin his term as dean.

36 Responses to New U.P. law dean denies blog report



September 29th, 2005 at 3:52 pm


I wasn’t able to catch the start of the Senate hearing but was the UP panel asked if it was barred from attending this morning’s investigation?


Alecks Pabico

September 29th, 2005 at 4:16 pm


Neither did I, but someone I know who was there told me they weren’t asked about that.



September 29th, 2005 at 4:19 pm

I’m not so sure about that either, I suppose they were because Sen. Biazon reiterated this to the lone gov’t representative who attended the hearing. Atty. Gonzales later said that his office was being padlocked and the documents were taken away. I guess this only means that he has no job to return to.



September 29th, 2005 at 4:53 pm

Well where did PCIJ fish out the info about the instruction of the newly appointed law dean if the was no issuance of such.



September 29th, 2005 at 5:15 pm

That’s the government for you.. Instead of confronting the problem they always find a away to avoid it… A wise man once said that he who does not know..or for this matter chooses not to know what the problems are wont be able to find the solutions for said problems.. or for this matter dose’nt want the problem to be solved because it will mean less kurakot for them.. The tactics of the goverment are as follows
1. diverting attention to other matters ex. paquiao win, mss international win
2. parading the economic threat, communist threat, terrorist threat, opposition destabilization scenario. (if they are confident with their hold in the military why be scared of a bunch of rallyist who are not even violent)
3. now preventing officials to testify in the senate.. for god only know how many mali-mali bunye gonzalez like officials we have in government right now.
4. discrediting any individual who decides to testify against the government.. those who they cannot coerce nor bribe to tow the line they smash the credibility.
5. bribe officials not to mention the mayors the governors and congressmen to be yes men and women.. to be at the becking call of the president.. “umutot lang ang pangulo lahat sila papalakpak na di lang alam ni ms arroyo na me hidden agenda and ramos de venecia tandem”
Ganyan ang government natin… Uubusin ang pera ng bayan para lang di matanggal sa pwesto.. Pakapalan ng ng apog!!
Anung sabi ni de venecia?? ayaw natin ng presidential system dahil its a flawed system… well an american president once said ask not what your country can do for.. but what you can do for your country.. Have you asked that of yourself sir.. or for that matter anyone in government??


Alecks Pabico

September 29th, 2005 at 5:21 pm


It came from a source that has been giving us reliable information.



September 29th, 2005 at 6:06 pm

One of the “UP Legal Luminaries” mentioned in the PCIJ report denies having received any instructions from Dean Carlota prohibiting him from appearing in the Senate inquiry.

If the source of the “reliable information” is really reliable, would it not be more reliable to call up those allegedly prohibited from appearing? A little verification never hurts a good journalist.



September 29th, 2005 at 6:15 pm

I have to commend PCIJ for giving out first hand info on controversial deals and decisions by the government but i hope you will remain circumspect about the source. We have been relying so much from you in terms of information that the public must know which otherwise are being concealed from the public. Ayoko madungisan ang pagtitiwala sainyo by one unguarded source. I hope you understand.


Alecks Pabico

September 29th, 2005 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for the concern, fencesitter.



September 29th, 2005 at 7:05 pm


penpenpen88 is correct.

Speaking of bribing officials (mayors, etc), there’s a mayor in one of poorest province who took a 6 million pesos loan from Landbank last May 2005 purportedly for water system rehab. Mayor was in Manila during the height of Arroyo crisis as part of her cheering squad. It’s a 15-year loan with MOA already signed by him and ex-Landbank president Teves with the town’s IRA as collateral. Loan has term of 13.5% per annum with estimated monthly amortization of P100 thousand. Problem: how can this loan be paid when monthly revenue of present water system is only about 40 thousand? In all probability, water rates will be increased to cover the shortfall. Mayor is a last-termer so obviously doesn’t care if town can’t pay the bill. Is it possible for PCIJ to dig deeper into this case? Local people are protesting and filed complaint with Landbank to stop the release of loan but has find difficulty. A local group is willing to furnish documentary evidence to help in the investigation.



September 29th, 2005 at 7:18 pm

this is what’s so good about blogs. kung may mali, correction kaagad.

At least they are quicker and more willing to correct any errors, unlike the local mainstream or legacy media.



September 29th, 2005 at 7:28 pm

it doesn’t change the fact though that GMA still issued EO 464 prohibiting officials from the executive dept. and the military to cooperate before any congressional inquiries without her approval.



September 29th, 2005 at 7:45 pm

I agree with the sentiments of fencesitter, but it is remarkable that the blog elicited a response from the public official in question. (But then of course,this IS PCIJ!) The fact that you have promptly published the riposte saves the situation by fulfilling an important journalistic tenet: to always publicize the truth insofar as it can be known.

Moreover, this also means that such official can continue to be discussed and his actions analyzed by the blog’s participants to test the veracity of his apparent claim of innocence that the Palace will control the UP Law School through him. Dean Carlota should expect continuing attention from largely anonymous, but obviously perspicuous and vigilant minds.

By the way, the faculty of the UP College of Law bear an especial responsibility to uphold the fundamental intellectual integrity of the Law. Maybe in places like the Trapo Congress a certain looseness with logic and reason and ethics is allowed by the Rule of the Majority. But, it would be a sickening tragedy if the UP Law School were to fall under the reign of the moral and mental dwarves under which we now exist.

I mean to say, it would be tragic if the Law School descended to the level of mere lawyering for either side instead of the GRAND manner of its visionary foundations, not only to teach the Law, but to make it stick.

We can only hope in men and women of intellectual integrity, such as Dean Carlota claims to be, to help restore our faith in the Law. He can do so by explaining the complex legal issues of the present crisis convincingly–in a way that does not create revulsion in us for the Rule of Law.

We need such men of integrity AND reason who can provide the substantive arguments to REBUT the deep, clever lies of the long nosed liars like Raul Gonzales, Ignacio Bunye, Eduardo Ermita, Rigoberto Tiglao, Ricardo Saludo .

I look to institutions like the UP College of Law to restore our faith in reason itself when our highest leaders are plainly using the Letter of the Law to subvert the very Spirit of the Law.

UP until now, I have had every reason to applaud and admire the UP College of Law, its former (sic!) Dean Raul Pangalangan, and all of his colleagues who have figured in the various issues, or are about to! Indeed they have been, in my humble opinion, like the PCIJ is to journalism, a moral counterpart in the academic law profession.

May it always be, or damned be any Pretender.



September 29th, 2005 at 7:59 pm

“I expect you to get up everyday to hold me accountable, in the full glare of transparent leadership. I shall wield the power of the Presidency to uphold truth and justice.”

“I devote my life and treasure to serving your mandate. Do your responsibility and I shall do mine.”

…gloria uttered these words in her inaugural speech last year.

with all her preemptive strikes on us how can we manage to do our responsibility?

our responsibility to hold her ACCOUNTABLE!
our responsibility to ask for TRANSPARENCY in government!
our responsibility to demand from her to UPHOLD TRUTH AND JUSTICE!

it’s a lapse in her memory perhaps? or is it the fact that she can really say an outright lie of devoting her life and treasure to serve our mandate because, in the first place, her leadership is not from the mandate of the people anyway…??

gloria, may i just refresh your memory…you can easily log on to…

wow, sh_t! wow, sh_t! “pinalitan na ang contents ng speech!!!” they did another cover-up!!!

i posted in the original speech (the concluding portion of it).

log on to and see the difference!!!

wow, i can’t believe it!!!



September 29th, 2005 at 8:13 pm

Gloria as ASIA’S HERO

wanna vote?



September 30th, 2005 at 4:46 am

GMA, Asia’s hero? Baka naman HERO-HITO of the Philippines. The way she conducts herself is as if she is the empress of the Philippines and all of us her subjects that must follow her every whim and treat her as a living god


Pwede bang negative vote? Baka naman parang sa congress yan na yes lang dapat..



September 30th, 2005 at 5:08 am

iboboto ko na lang si manny pacquiao!


Pinoy OFW

September 30th, 2005 at 5:14 am

PANIRA nang ARAW,hehehehehe!!!!!!!

Political Tidbits : Arroyo’s reward to allies: good governance

First posted 01:13am (Mla time) Sept 29, 2005
By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan
Inquirer News Service

Editor’s Note: Published on Page A15 of the September 29, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THERE is pressure within the Lakas coalition to remove the House members who voted for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s impeachment from House chairmanships and other juicy posts. I suppose that is natural. Those who supported President Arroyo risked a lot in the face of surveys claiming that the majority of Filipinos wanted her impeached. I admired those representatives from Metro Manila who went all out for her even though the metropolis was said to be overwhelmingly for her impeachment.

In fact, the great majority of Metro Manila representatives, including many neophytes, threw their support behind Ms Arroyo — in the belief that doing so was in the interest of the nation. These included Representatives Ricky Sandoval of Malabon, Benhur Abalos of Mandaluyong City, Miles Roces of Manila, Ed Zialcita of Parañaque City, Connie Dy of Pasay City, Del de Guzman of Marikina and Mary Ann Susano of Quezon City.



September 30th, 2005 at 6:26 am

who is Belinda Olivares-Cunanan and why is she saying/writing all those terrific things about GMA ?

who is Victor Agustin and why is he saying/writing all those terrible things about PCIJ ?



September 30th, 2005 at 6:43 am

made a mistake…

i am sorry.

…the palace boys only replaced the full English version of the inaugural speech (which was placed at the office of the press secretary website before it was cited) with the original Taglish version delivered by GMA last 30 June 2004. (at least they are listening…selective nga lang!)

i guess it was just a half-baked cover up after all.

anyway, she really uttered these lines…

“Inaasahan kong babangon kayo araw-araw upang tiyakin na tutuparin ko ang aking tungkulin bilang pinuno ng walang pagkukubli. Gagamitin ko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo upang itaguyod ang katotohanan at katarungan.”

gloria, nothing’s changed, you still LIED to us…

ginagawa lang namin ang iyong inaasahan. huwag mo kaming pigilang bumangon sa ‘yong “calibrated preemptive response.” ‘wag kang magkubli sa “rule of law” at sa “executive privilege.”

gloria, ibigay mo na sa amin ang katotohanan nang makamit nating lahat ang katarungan.


concerned citizen

September 30th, 2005 at 7:50 am

paano magiging hero of asia eh nilampaso sya ni pacquia as per latest result. kulelat si arroyo. kahit pa suhulan ako no way! ikaw na lang bumoto kung kaya mong sikmurain. sinusuka na nga ng tao eh gagawin mo pang hero? ano ka hilo? pwe!

about UP LAW CENTER profs, Congrats! job well done. thanks also to dean carlota for allowing these great professors of UP cpllege of law. at least ok pa rin si dean carlota this time. tingnan natin sa mga susunod na araw .


Duck Vader

September 30th, 2005 at 9:05 am

1. Belinda Olivares- Cunanan
2. Emil Jurado




September 30th, 2005 at 9:53 am

Belinda Cunanan’s husband -retired Gen Cunanan is one of the Directors of a Government-owned corporation. ( PNOC?)



September 30th, 2005 at 10:31 am

Belinda Cunanan is a staunch GMA supporter because her husband, Anselmo Cunanan has been appointed last year by GMA as Chairman of the Social Security Council, the highest policy-making body of the Social Security Commission. But prior his appointment, he was with the PNOC.

for confirmation, pls. see:



September 30th, 2005 at 10:46 am

let’s not forget that she got a FREE RIDE in a chartered flight to rome as well as VIP PRIVILEGES in POPE JOHH PAUL 2’s FUNERAL. for an opus dei member, that’s like heaven. she was probably the star of many a get-together here to gush about her experience there. she’s highly likely the only opus dei member based in the philippines who was able to go to the funeral. sikat siya and for free … with husband pa yun ha.

thelmo cunanan was ambassador to cambodia, PNOC exec and SSS chairman (or president). mahina ang 100K per month na compenastion dyan. di nawawalan ng trabaho courtesy of the government. not bad for a retired general who probably has no combat experience.

i’ve never seriously read bel cunanan’s column. ever since ang tingin ko dyan ay name dropper. parang social climber. walang substance. pareho ng anak niyang si christine, na buti na lang di na bumalik from japan.



September 30th, 2005 at 10:54 am

column by departing dean:

godspeed and also arrivederci.



September 30th, 2005 at 11:14 am

Sino ba namang matino ang seseryosohin ang sinisulat nyang si Belinda Cunanan? Sobrang babaw at parang abno ang points of view. Halatang-halata na sweldohan ni GMA yan. E sino ba naman ang matinong writer ang papayag na mabayaran? Yun lang naman walang pag-asang itaas ang sarili sa sariling kakayahan ang magbebenta ng sarili para magkaroon ng konting saysay ang buhay. I hear her article with the same attitude a read the comics page. Her denseness is entertaining, at least.

UP Law professors, please don’t sell yourselves like the Cunanans.



September 30th, 2005 at 11:16 am

Sorry, that’s “I read her article with the same attitude as I read the comics page.”

Gee, the Cunanan spirit has just attacked.



September 30th, 2005 at 11:38 am

My heart felt for Dean Pangalangan when I read his column today. Its disappointing and depressing to see the manipulative hands of politics in our premiere educational institutions. Godspeed Dean!



September 30th, 2005 at 11:59 am

Speak no evil.

See no evil.

Hear no evil.

Just sit on the devil :)



September 30th, 2005 at 12:32 pm

Hay naku. When he was on the list of nominees for appointment as SC justice, he had nothing bad to say about GMA. Always tried to kiss her ass. But when he got bypassed twice, he suddenly developed a “stand” against GMA’s habit of delving into the illegal and dishonest.

In as much as I feel sorry for him that he was booted out rather unceremoniously, he has served for 2 terms as UP Law Dean. His deanship has created huge opportunities for the College and has introduced novel areas of law into the curriculum. However, it has also been tarnished by his random “political clashes” and “irreconcileable differences” with some of the faculty, which has caused some of Malcolm’s best professors to leave.

He supported EDSA Dos wholeheartedly and found nothing wrong with the Supreme Court decision that ruled newspaper clippings of an alleged diary of X about the state of mind of Y is admissible as evidence and can be accepted as proof of Y’s state of mind.

Frankly, he lacks credibility and unfortuantely, he commands little respect from the students, Alumni and faculty of the College.



September 30th, 2005 at 12:33 pm

I was talking of Raul Pangalangan of course.


Alecks Pabico

September 30th, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Pinoy OFW,

I had to shorten Belinda Cunanan’s column which you quoted in its entirety for the reason that you and this blog could be liable for copyright infringement. In case you haven’t read our blog rules, we prohibit posting of copyrighted material. In case you also didn’t notice, inq7 recently added this line at the end of each story:

Copyright 2005 Inquirer News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

We hope that everyone will exercise restraint in republishing copyrighted material. If you need to refer to a story, you can just quote a line or two and provide the URL/link.



September 30th, 2005 at 2:14 pm


I commend you for modifying Pinoy OFW’s re-posting of a copyrighted material.Further, as our moderator that’s a good call.

It highlights PCIJ’s higher degree of professional responsibility as well as its concern over its bloggers.

Hope Pinoy OFW will not mind said modification :)



October 5th, 2005 at 10:38 am

PCIJ’s source doesn’t seem so credible. He’s been a source of embarassment for the PCIJ rather than anything else. He or she sounds like a rumour monger.


INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Apologies and clarifications: The byzantine politics of the U.P. College of Law

November 15th, 2005 at 7:31 pm

[…] As a remedial measure, we did correct the blog post the next day by striking out the erroneous details, making evident to readers the portions that had been stricken out. Also on that day, we posted another blog entry that carried Dean Carlota’s denial that he ever instructed professors of the UP College of Law not to testify before the Senate. […]

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